- German sprinter Marcel Kittel
of the Argos-Shimano
team put on a dazzling display of finishing speed at the June 14-17 Ster-ZLM Toer
stage race in The Netherlands, winning two of four stages
against some of the world’s best sprinters.
Kittel showed great form a few weeks before the start of his big goal for the season, the Tour de France. Aided by strong teamwork from his Argos-Shimano squad, he powered his Felt F1
team bike to wins in Stage 1 and Stage 4 in The Netherlands.
“Almost all the top sprinters are here, this win gives us a lot of confidence,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com after beating Australian Mark Renshaw and British World Champion Mark Cavendish to win Stage 1.
Kittel bookended his success at the Ster ZLM Toer by winning Sunday’s final stage in Boxtel. The 24-year-old German now has seven wins riding Felt this season. “Our train was functioning very well,” he said. “Everyone knows what to do and carried it out well.”